Topsia Estates (the Appellant or the Company) imported PU Coated Fabrics (impugned goods) of various thicknesses from China and filed 24 Bills of Entry during the period from November, 2012 to July, 2013. The Assessing Officer enhanced the declared value of impugned goods based on National Import Data Base (NIDB) data under Rule 9 of the Customs Valuation Rules, 2007 (the Valuation Rules). The Appellant paid duty under-protest. On appeal being filed to the Ld. Commissioner (Appeals), the same was rejected. Being aggrieved, the Appellant preferred an appeal before the Hon’ble CESTAT, Chennai. Before the Hon’ble CESTAT, Chennai, the Appellant submitted as under:
On the other hand, the Revenue contented that the value of PU Coated Fabrics is a contentious issue for a long time. The declared value of impugned goods is on the lower side in comparison to NIDB data relating to the goods of same description, same country of origin and similar quality.
The Hon’ble CESTAT, Chennai relying upon the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in case of Eicher Tractors Ltd. Vs. Commissioner of Customs [2000 taxmann.com 53 (SC)] which was followed by the Tribunal in various decisions, held that since there was no evidence of higher value of contemporaneous import from same sources and no allegation of mis-declaration of impugned goods, declared value cannot be enhanced merely on the basis of NIDB data. In the present case, Rule 9 of the Valuation Rules cannot be invoked.